The Vibrant Street Art of Valencia, Spain

Valencia was the first stop of our Spanish road trip, and we didn’t really have any preconceived ideas about the city beyond oranges and paella. What we found was a very unique medieval and modern city, with an abundance of street art that gives a fresh twist to exploring its old town.

Overshadowed by Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain with a population of about 800,000. It has a fascinating historical center with a labyrinthe of cobbled streets that is very walkable or great to tour by bike. You will notice  that Valencia was hit hard by war, and next to intact or restored buildings are ruins and vacant spots often walled off for future development or restoration. These blank walls have become a canvas for a variety of street artists, and the combination of their art with historical architecture leads to a surprise around every corner.

A Sample of the Street Art of Valencia

Valencia is a city of contrast.

I think he looks like Picasso surveying the scene.

Picasso keeping watch.

Winston’s favorite.

Poor kitty!

Street art – love it or hate it? Which is your favorite?

31 replies
  1. Travel with Kevin and Ruth
    Travel with Kevin and Ruth says:

    I agree with others street art can be amazing and should not be confused with graffiti which we hate!

    We think that many other towns and cities get missed by many people who for some reason or another tend to stick with just the capitals or high tourist areas. Although we enjoy seeing places like those we much prefer places that may not be so popular. Glad you have been enjoying the city of Valencia. One day we to will make it here.
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  2. theophilus
    theophilus says:

    great eyez are glued to de community in ghana need such thing…we have the finest festivals here tooo and i will luv your camera doing this same projection.

  3. Shelley
    Shelley says:

    True, and I wouldn’t want to see street art on Spain’s beautiful historical buildings (or modern ones for that matter). In Valencia the artists seem to confine their work to empty concrete walls and construction barriers, so maybe that’s why the officials turn a blind eye and allow the art to stay.

  4. Ursula Maxwell-Lewis (@YouTravel)
    Ursula Maxwell-Lewis (@YouTravel) says:

    Certainly some talent here. I’d say Valencia’s street art might rival the quality and quantity seen in Berlin. Your pictures are great, but must admit it changes what I used to admire about Spanish cities. A case of, if you can’t beat ’em join ’em, I guess.

  5. Juergen
    Juergen says:

    I’m always fascinated by street art – you managed to capture such a good variety of styles! I’m glad that street art is slowly gaining some credibility and is now globally an accepted form of art (not to be confused with rough graffiti).
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    • Shelley
      Shelley says:

      Thank you Juergen! Some of these street artists are really amazing! It’s great to see art amongst the people rather than confined to galleries and museums (although I enjoy those too).

  6. A Taste for Travel
    A Taste for Travel says:

    Wow, we were in Valencia during the Fallas and there were so many people that I completely missed seeing the street art. How wonderful it is! I’d love to return and spend more time exploring its fascinating streets and cuisine.

    • Shelley
      Shelley says:

      It must have been awesome to be in Valencia during the Fallas! We need to return to sample some good paella. The one place we tried it was in a touristy area, and it was pretty bad. But I’m sure it wasn’t a good representation of their local dish. We had great tapas though!

  7. Suzanne Fluhr
    Suzanne Fluhr says:

    Your photos certainly show high quality street art. I don’t love graffiti that is little more than “marking”, but the street art you photographed clearly isn’t that. It also returns life and vibrancy to walls desecrated by war. (The Spanish Civil War?) I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA. The city has a Mural Arts Program dedicated to producing murals painted by community members under the supervision of a mural artist on walls all over the city—-from the ritziest neighborhoods to the most blighted. If you ever visit Philadelphia, there are several mural arts tours that cover different parts of the city. Philadelphia also requires that developers of new buildings devote at least 1% of the price of construction to providing public art.
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    • Shelley
      Shelley says:

      Good comments Suzanne. I’m going to look further into how Valencia’s street art came into being. It’s great that Philadelphia has a city art program. A mural tour would be a must see for me!


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